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Announcements for the weeks of March 16 and 23

Personal Announcements

A message from President Di Pasquale

I will be hosting town meetings on all four campuses, as I have done in the past, to update our faculty, staff and students on current issues.

I am very pleased that Shawn Parker, president of the CCRI Faculty Association, will be joining me at these meetings. We hope that you will make every effort to attend.

We will be updating you about the performance-based budgeting legislation and specific matters about your particular campus.

The meeting schedule is:

  • 1 p.m. on Monday, March 23, in the rear faculty dining room at the Flanagan Campus.
  • 3 p.m. on Monday, March 30, in the auditorium at the Newport County Campus.
  • 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 16, in Room 4090 at the Knight Campus.
  • 2 p.m. on Monday, April 20, in the auditorium at the Liston Campus.

Writing Center coordinator to present at book event

Petit Dr. Karen Petit, writing center coordinator and adjunct faculty member, will be one of 30 local authors presenting at the Association of Rhode Island Authors event from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Warwick Public Library. Petit will be answering questions and signing copies of her novels, "Mayflower Dreams" and "Banking on Dreams." To learn more visit Petit's website.

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New Announcements

Registration open for Professional Development Day

CCRI's 13th annual Professional Development Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 10. Visit the Professional Development Day website for workshop descriptions. After reviewing the workshops, click on the "Register Today" link in the right column to sign up for the sessions you would like to attend.

So that faculty and staff can participate in Professional Development Day, all CCRI classes (credit and noncredit) scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. are canceled and offices at all campuses will be closed. The normal class schedule will resume at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 10. College offices will reopen on Monday, April 13, at all campus locations.

Supervisors, please allow your staff members to participate in the workshops of their choice unless there is a business necessity to do otherwise.

All employees who register by Friday, March 27, will automatically be entered in a raffle for prizes including a flat screen TV, Red Sox and PawSox tickets and restaurant gift certificates. Winners will be drawn during the closing session and must be present to win.

Sign up early to ensure you don't miss out on your first choices, as some workshops have limited seating. If you are presenting at a workshop, please register for breakfast or lunch, if appropriate. 

Panel exhibition, related events focus on Lincoln and Civil War

LincolnCCRI will showcase a special traveling historical exhibition "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War" in the Great Hall at the Knight Campus in Warwick from March 25 through May 1. Also planned at the campus are several related events sponsored by the CCRI Foundation and the Charles Sullivan Fund for the Arts and Humanities. All programs are free and open to the public.

  • Professor Jack Every and Associate Professor Suzanne McCormack will showcase the themes of the exhibition in an opening program at 6:30 p.m. on March 25 in Room 1040.
  • Professor Thomas Turner of Bridgewater State University, a scholarly consultant in the making of "The Conspirator," will speak about Lincoln's assassination at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 15, in the Bobby Hackett Theater.
  • CCRI Art Department Professor Tom Morrissey will give a gallery night presentation about Civil War photography at 6:30 p.m. on April 22 in Room 4080.
  • Renowned Civil War historian and Brown University Professor Michael Vorenberg, who served as an academic consultant for the movie "Lincoln," will speak about the ratification of the 13th Amendment at 6:30 p.m. on April 29 in the Bobby Hackett Theater.

"Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War," a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. "Lincoln: the Constitution and the Civil War" is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

Learn more.

Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship deadline extended

The Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship program helps students who are interested in careers in the skilled trades and public safety, realize their educational goals. The application deadline has been extended to Friday, March 20. Learn more on the Foundation's scholarship Web page.

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Events This Week

Knight Athletics schedule

The following home matches are scheduled (weather permitting):

Women's softball

  • Noon on Sunday, March 22, vs. Northeastern club softball team (doubleheader)

All softball home games are played at Winslow Park, Field 1, Greeley Street in Warwick (Apponaug).

Grainger Tools for Tomorrow scholarship deadline

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Ongoing News and Events

Class of 2015 student speaker nominations sought

Following a tradition that began several years ago, the Commencement Committee seeks your help in suggesting the names of qualified, graduating students to be the Class of 2015 student commencement speaker. Please nominate a prospective student speaker using the online form by March 27. The committee will interview all qualified students and will forward the names to President Di Pasquale for his review and final selection.

Career and networking panel

C2C panelThe Connect to College (C2C) program, in partnership with the Alumni Association and the Career and Internship Office will host a career and networking panel from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 22, in the Atrium at the Liston Campus in Providence.

Students will be provided with an opportunity to hear from workforce professionals about their journey to accomplishing their goals. CCRI alumni will provide advice and tangible ideas on how to progress to the top.

Learn more and register.

Study abroad in Mexico

Expand your horizons with CCRI's summer 2015 study abroad program in Oaxaca, Mexico. The college offers a two- or four-week language and culture immersion program. The two-week program runs from July 4 to 18 and the four-week from July 4 to Aug. 1.

This program is for students, professionals and community members who are interested in furthering their study of Spanish, gaining/acquiring intercultural communication skills and learning Spanish while immersed in the culture.

For more information, visit the Foreign Languages Web page or contact Dr. Hossiri Godo-Solo or Professor Elizabeth Morais.

Dental Health Alumni Continuing Education Program

Advances in technology have made a significant impact on the field of dental radiography. Marianne Dryer, RDH, M.Ed., a DENTSPLY educator, will present "Aiming for Success: Radiographic Techniques from Analog to Digital" from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 18, in Room 1336 at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln.

The course will provide professionals with techniques to use with current technology, analog or digital, to produce quality, diagnostic images on the first exposure. Attendees will be awarded 2 CEUs.

This event is free to CCRI Dental Hygiene or Dental Assisting alumni. General admission cost is $20. Seating is limited. Those who would like to attend must register by Monday, March 30.

CCRI Ceramics Invitational

Ceramics InvitationalThis exhibition combines the talents of locally, regionally and nationally known ceramic artists with the work of current and former CCRI ceramics faculty and students. This unique show, taking place during the 49th annual National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts conference, features a wide range of work and makers. Guest panelists include Tyler Gulden and Angela Cunningham, who will present work and discuss the question "Why clay?"

The exhibition will be on display through April 3 at the Warwick Museum of Art, 3259 Post Road, Warwick. A reception, lecture and guest panel will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 26, at the museum. This exhibition is made possible with support from the Charles Sullivan Fund for the Arts and Humanities.

CCRI 5K run/walk

CCRI 5KAs part of the 50th anniversary celebration, the college will host its first CCRI 5K run/walk on Saturday, April 11, at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln. The day will include a kids' 1K fun run.

Register online with credit card, debit card or check. General registration costs $20; for CCRI students with valid student ID, the cost is $10. The kids' 1K fun run registration fee is $5. Day-of registration will cost $25 and $15 for students.

CITLA spring book clubs

Have you heard about how a growth mindset differs from a fixed mindset and wondered how it might affect your students? Read "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" by Carol Dweck to learn more. Or would you prefer to immerse yourself in the student perspective? Choose "My Freshman Year: What a Professor Learned by Becoming a Student" by Rebekah Nathan. Visit the CITLA website for more information and to RSVP for a book discussion. If you need a book copy, email Jeanne Mullaney.

Women's soccer team all-you-can-eat breakfast fundraiser

soccerThe CCRI Women's Soccer Team will host its sixth annual breakfast fundraiser from 8 to 10 a.m. on Sunday, April 19, at Dave's Bar and Grill at 2339 Post Road in Warwick. Come join them for one of the best breakfasts that you've ever had. You name it, they'll have it - including omelets to order! It is all you can eat and there will be raffles. Tickets cost $10 per person and can be purchased from any team member or from Head Coach Dennis Grassini at the Knight Campus in Warwick (ext. 2185) or from Associate Head Coach Kathy Bannan at the Flanagan Campus in Lincoln (ext. 7176).

Cap and gown orders

The Bookstore is now accepting faculty and staff cap and gown orders. Submit requests to the campus location where you will pick up your cap and gown. Liston faculty and staff are asked to submit orders to the Knight Campus bookstore.

The deadline to submit orders is Friday, April 17.

Writing Center offers free services

The CCRI Writing Center offers free services and workshops to CCRI students, faculty and staff members. This includes help with prewriting, organizing, drafting, revising and editing. For services, resources, locations, times of operation and more, visit the Writing Center website.

The Writing Center also offered afternoon workshops this semester. The final workshop for the semester will be held from 2 to 2:50 p.m. on Friday, March 27, in Room 6580 at the Knight Campus in Warwick and will cover "Research Papers - The MLA System."

Anyone with any questions should contact Karen Petit, writing center coordinator, via email or at 401-825-2279.

Internship workshops

CCRI's Career and Internship Offices at the Flanagan, Liston and Newport County campuses will offer the final career workshops of the spring semester, "Internships - Getting Your Foot in the Door," in the rear of the faculty dining room at the Flanagan Campus and Room 1134 at the Liston Campus on Tuesday, April 14 and in Newport, Room 200 on Wednesday, April 15.

All workshops are open to students and alumni and instructors are welcome to bring classes. The workshops will take place at noon on all campuses and last approximately 45 minutes.

For more information, visit the Career and Internship Web page.

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Human Resources

Announcement corner

HRIn addition to its important announcements, the Office of Human Resources wants to share good news with you on a regular basis. If you have a birth, marriage or a new hire that you would like to share with the college community, please send an email to

Procedure for Requesting an Accommodation for a Disability

As part of CCRI's commitment to keeping employees up-to-date about our policies and procedures, Human Resources would like to ask all employees and volunteers to familiarize themselves with the college's Procedure for Requesting an Accommodation for a Disability.

The Community College of Rhode Island is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to its employees, if necessary, in order to perform the essential functions of their positions. Click here to review the procedures for requesting a reasonable accommodation.

If you should have any questions about this procedure, please call Human Resources at 825-2311.

Employee recognition nominations sought

This year, the Employee Recognition Awards Luncheon will be held on Friday, May 1, at the Knight Campus in Warwick.

Faculty and staff are encouraged to nominate employees from the following categories:

  • Innovation and Efficiency
  • Technology Champion
  • Excellent Customer Service
  • Teaching Excellence

To read full category descriptions and to fill out a nomination form, visit the Human Resources website. Nominations will be considered only if they are received using the official form by Friday, April 3. Each award recipient will receive a $150 check from the CCRI Alumni Association, a framed certificate and his or her name engraved on the employee recognition plaque located in the Human Resources Office.

Spring training opportunities


CCRI's partnership with the Rhode Island Higher Education Training Consortium provides CCRI employees with the opportunity to attend professional development workshops with colleagues from other Rhode Island higher education institutions. Below is the list of RIHETC's spring workshops.

  • 9 a.m. to noon on Tuesday, March 31 - Managing the Generations
  • 9 a.m. to noon on Monday, April 6 - Transitioning through Change
  • 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, April 10 - Project Management 101: Tips, Tools and Techniques
  • 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, April 23 - Listen Up!
  • 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Friday, May 1 - Write It Right

Visit the Human Resources website for additional program details. If you are interested in attending any of these workshops, please email Michelle O'Brien so that she may register you and process payment.

Another available resource is online training. Did you know that all faculty and staff have 24/7 access to from anywhere? One of the benefits of using is that you can navigate to the specific section of a course that meets your immediate needs. Most courses are broken down into three- to five-minute segments covering specific topics so you can find help with just what you need quickly.

Logging into is easy. Log on to MyCCRI and select the "For Employees" tab, scroll to the bottom right side to locate the "Employee Resources" box. Log into using the link located here with your domain user name and password.

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Last Updated: 3/16/15